American singer, songwriter, keyboardist, lawyer and activist Doc Martin was born and raised in South Central, LA, in the historic Central Avenue Jazz District. He discovered music as his first love, from the tender age of 7, when he began singing in the church. In 2017 Martin took on the role as lead singer in the band Brownsuede, recording and releasing, critically acclaimed, and well-loved songs, such as ‘How to Do Dat’, ‘The One’ and ‘Fade Away’. The latter two tracks, have achieved widespread success, receiving support on the North American College and Community Charts, landing in rotation at colleges across America, and peaking at #2 on dedicated R&B/Soul Charts. The Brownsuede EP has built up important numbers on Spotify streams, where it has also been shared by established artists in the industry, such as Neyo, Eric Benet, Anthony Hamilton and DC Youngfly.
Produced by Otis Kane, ‘The One’, by Brownsuede features Lud Creary on guitar, and Doc Martin on lead vocals. Right from the jump, Creary’s guitar shimmers, shines and jangles on a slow-burn groove, as he underscores Doc Martin’s cool, captivating and charismatic vocal tones, which stretch into heartfelt hues.
Martin’s vocals swoop and swoon, sliding into silky falsetto effortlessly, when needed. “I would sail the seven seas, for the chance to be just you and me. I would walk a million miles, just so I could see you smile,” sings Martin, as he explores love’s depths and elevations with his soulful and tender croon.
The mark of a true artist means to expound on what listeners are accustomed to, while also mixing it up and stretching beyond those limits. This is ultimately what Brownsuede achieves with ‘The One’.
Similarly, Doc Martin’s solo single ‘Obsession’ (w/Intro by Ne-Yo), continues Martin’s utmost consistency and his relentless soulfulness. Doc Martin does his thing as always, delivering expressive, impactful vocals and romance-driven songwriting. Furthermore, he delivers utterly sublime falsetto flourishes.
While the aesthetic may be familiar – as Doc Martin targets the mainstream R&B market – there’s plenty of originality to create his own niche too. It’s the passion in his delivery, the perfect resonance of his voice, and the soul-wrenching production that truly hit home.
Charm and affection overflows in every note Martin sings: “Everyday I’m thinking about you. I couldn’t stop it if I wanted to,” is a clear sign of his obsession. The song may be built within a mainstream framework, but it expands and reaches out in powerful emotional directions.
Doc Martin’s vocal range is as clean and in check as you could expect – something instantly evident in these tracks. Moreover, these songs verify he can make alluring, warm and stylish music all at once. Skilled instrumentation and honest songwriting are completed with binding backing vocals.
Doc Martin reminds us all that real R&B is still alive and kicking as he maneuvers through personal passions and into modern romanticism relevancy. Both ‘The One’ and ‘Obsession’ – though built on different foundations – form a combination of smooth, full-flavored and emotional gems, borne from a shimmering repertoire of melodic radiance.